Oct 21 -22

Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series

Symphonie Fantastique


Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7:30 p.m. | TICKETS

Friday, October 22, 2021, 7:30 p.m. | TICKETS


Tennessee Theatre

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Bill and Atie Rotmeyer

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Aram Demirjian, conductor

Paul Huang, violin



CLARICE ASSAD, Sin fronteras (Without Borders)

MAX BRUCH, Violin Concerto No. 1

HECTOR BERLIOZ, Symphonie fantastique


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Following a 2017 KSO debut that was hailed for its, “tenderness and poetic beauty” (Knox TN Today), violinist Paul Huang returns to the Moxley Carmichael Masterworks series to perform Max Bruch’s bracingly romantic First Violin Concerto, following by Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, an epic musical journey that earns its name!


Why You Will Love This Program:

  • Symphonie fantastique imagines a heartbroken artist who poisons himself with opium because of unrequited love, followed by fanciful visions of the one who scorned him. For this reason, Leonard Bernstein called it “the first psychedelic symphony in history.” (Don’t tell the Grateful Dead!)
  • Berlioz’s Symphonie is structured in five evocative sections: Daydreams – Passions; At the Ball; Scene in the Country; March to the Scaffold; and Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath
  • The program opens with a different sort of musical journey – one that dares “to erase the imaginary lines that disconnect us geographically, culturally, and morally.” Brazilian-American composer Clarice Assad’s Sin fronteras (Without Borders) does so using sounds of The Americas, starting at the southern end of South America and traveling north!


Musical Tasting Menu:

  • Arguably the most famous part of Symphonie fantastique is the dies irae sequence from “Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath,” in which Berlioz elaborated on the haunting Gregorian chant melody Dies irae (Day of Wrath). Berlioz’s music was the basis for the opening music in the movie The Shining. Refresh your memory:

  • Familiarize yourself with Assad’s Sin fronteras on the debut recording:


Paul Huang

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